When we are feeling down or depressed, it is so easy to think that things are never going to improve. This is why so many people fall into the trap of pessimistically thinking, “What is the point?”. Thinking in this way can be incredibly common in people suffering from anxiety and depression and sometimes can be a part of “all or nothing thinking”.
This is exactly what I used to do. My past, my present and my future all appeared so dull to me because my depression was clouding my judgement and I would tell myself, “There is no point in any of this”.
I would justify this pessimistic outlook with statements such as, “There is no actual point in the universe, this is all pointless” and “I am insignificant in the grand scheme of things”. Then I would spend all of my time thinking about all of the things that I want to do and all of the reasons why I haven’t got enough time on this planet to do them.
One day, I was watching the ever so inspirational, “Life Lessons from 100-Year-Olds” and I thought, they didn’t get to live the long and fulfilling life that they have by worrying about absolutely everything that could potentially go wrong in their life. I just shouted out, “SO WHAT?!”
So what if this is it? I am going to make IT good. If there is no point, great! That means we can do anything we want to and be anyone we want to be.
For the first time in months, I felt free from worry. Sometimes that might be all your intrusive thought needs to bugger off! Let’s start to say, “So what?” to unwanted thoughts and worries a little more!
Inspired by the beautiful song – So What by Noah Gunderson